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This is a story about lost origins. The art is there, but its story is a mystery. There’s a neighborhood a little ways south of Rivergate Mall, on the west side of Gallatin Pike, that is unusual. It was clearly built as a residential neighborhood, but many of the houses have been converted into shops and offices, like parts of Berry Hill. Google Maps calls its Echo Meadows. And here we find the Goodlettsville branch of Sewing Machines Etc (there is also one in Knoxville). Besides selling and repairing sewing machines, Sewing Machines Etc has fabric and other sewing supplies and teaches sewing classes as well. What does any of this have to do with the mural of a fist grasping drawing and painting instruments? Nothing, as it predates the sewing store. Inquires inside reveal only that there was some kind of store that sold paint here in the past. Online tax records are no help either. The work is signed by Lee Long, which doesn’t lead anywhere. The sewing place opened in 2015, so the mural is older than that. It’s right across a driveway from some thick bushes, hence the angled shots. The current owners don’t seem inclined to remove it, and so it sits, testament to a forgotten store, and a hard to find artist.

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Located at 808 Meadow Lark Lane. There is parking in front and back of the store. Take a class or two and enjoy the art!

Something missing


While walking to take pictures of the bridge for my last post, I couldn’t help noticing this lonely object off by itself. It’s no mystery why there would be a memorial to Robert M. Dudley and Robert T. Creighton in Centennial Park. Dudley was chairman of the Board of Parks Commissioners when Centennial Park was built, while Creighton was the chief engineer. It’s unfortunate that it’s been allowed to crumble in a less trafficked north-west corner of the park, though the question of who’s going to pay for its upkeep is likely at the root of that. The real mystery is what used to go in that metal base. It looks like a flagpole base — there’s a hole in it a pole would fit into nicely. As a memorial to the leaders of the park’s original construction, it could use some sprucing up.

If anyone knows what looked like whole, comment below!

Located in a grassy area near the corner of 31st Ave and Park Plaza.

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